DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2006 Grant Recipient
Contemporary Dance Winner
Lisa Hering, a 23-year-old contemporary dancer now living in Calgary, began her training primarily in classical ballet at the West Edmonton Ballet Academy with Stacey Buffie. She also participated in training programs at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Arts Umbrella in Vancouver. Lisa performed briefly with Ballet Espressivo and the Ontario Ballet Theatre and spent a year with the Bat Dor Dance Company in Israel. She will use her Hnatyshyn Foundation grant to continue her studies at the University of Calgary where she has just completed her first year in the B.A. Dance Program.
Anna Mouat, Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Calgary, describes Lisa as "an excellent dancer: strong, lyrical and expressive, who is deeply committed to her art form." Adds Professor Mouat, "Lisa has demonstrated the ability to grasp a wide range of movement vocabulary and styles. She possesses a strong sense of musicality and a compelling stage presence." The Hnatyshyn Foundation contemporary dance jury, composed of Brian Webb, Tony Chong and Sylvie Pinard, also praised Lisa's strong technique, her versatility in movement styles and her stage presence. "Her sense of maturity and potential to be an artist/interpreter rather than just being a 'dancer' is striking."